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Bedard’s Daily Briefing 06.06.19: Pivotal Cup Game 5 beckons with eyes on Bruins’ D, Patriots observations, Chris Sale was Chris Sale

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Good morning!

A few random thoughts while I wonder what was more impressive, Chris Sale's immaculate inning or Brock Holt's cycle ...

  • Huge Stanley Cup Game 5 tonight. The Blues might think they have momentum. The Bruins haven't lost when they've finished with at least six defensemen ... should be an all-out war on the ice. Looking forward to it.
  • Of course, all eyes will be on the morning skate and who is and isn't on the ice with the Bruins' defense. Does Zdeno Chara make an appearance? Does Matt Grzelcyk take off the red jersey?
  • One thing that seems abundantly clear: The Bruins have to dress seven defensemen. If, say, Grzelcyk does play, he's one shot away from being knocked out of the game again. The Bruins can't let themselves get shorthanded there again. It could swing the series. Do they really need 12 forwards considering some of the output there?
  • Good seeing the Patriots on the field again ... my observations, including some front seven tweaks, depth charts and punt times (Jake Bailey completely dominated Ryan Allen, who shanked a few I didn't even tabulate) are all right here.
  • Maurice Harris had a really good day, but they might be rotating that spot. It was N'Keal Harry the first day ... is today Dontrelle Inman's turn?
  • Chris Sale completely dominated the Double-A Royals last night in a complete-game shutout. Hopefully, this is the launching pad. 
  • Don't talk to me about the immaculate inning. I don't care if it took him nine pitches or 10 ... he struck out the side in the eighth inning. That's impressive by itself.

Time to hit the links


Ryan: With questions on blue line, Bruce Cassidy set for high-stakes chess match in Game 5
BSJ Live Q&A: Conor Ryan on Bruins-Blues & more, Thursday at 7 p.m.
Video: Patrice Bergeron on Zdeno Chara – ‘We’re sending him positive vibes and we’re supporting him’
Video: Charlie Coyle – ‘This team is here for a reason’


Patriots Minicamp Report 06.05.19: Maurice Harris, rookie punter flash, front 7 tweaks, 3 up/4 down
First and 10: Patriots set for (another) ring ceremony Thursday, but not before one last minicamp workout
Strong minicamp has new Patriots WR Maurice Harris nicely positioned in race for roster spot
Patriots Live Notebook 06.05.19: Hot one in Foxborough as Brady and company return to the field


McAdam: Chris Sale’s superb outing needs to be the start of something big
BSJ Game Report: Red Sox 8, Royals 0 – Sale dominates from start to finish


Kyrie’s uncertain future, taking risks and more takeaways from Danny Ainge’s state of the union
Completed Q&A: B-Robb on Celtics offseason 6.5.19



9 a.m.: French Open — Women's semifinal (Tennis)
11 a.m.
: French Open — Women's semifinal (NBC)
10:30 a.m.: 
Patriots practice (closed to public)
10:30 a.m.: Bruins pregame skate, TD Garden
1:15 p.m.: Red Sox at Royals (NESN)
7 p.m.: BSJ Live Q&A — Conor Ryan on Stanley Cup
8 p.m.
: NHL — Stanley Cup Final Game 5: Blues at Bruins (NBC)

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